Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) situation bulletin for June 2020 with a forecast through mind-August.
The Desert Locust (Schistoseca gregaria - SGR1): The desert locust situation remained extremely worrisome in the central (COR) and eastern (EOR) outbreak regions in June. In East Africa, significant populations of hoppers and swarms continue developing and control operations treated 75,219 ha in Ethiopia, 30,813 ha in Kenya and 19,029 ha in Somalia during June. Breeding was reported along the Red Sea coasts in Yemen and Saudi Arabia and in western Oman. In the eastern outbreak region (EOR), locusts that migrated from southern Iran and Pakistan reached along the Indo-Pakistan borders. Some swarms that arrived in Rajasthan, India further spread to the northern states and a few reached eastern Nepal during June. Control operations treated 72,109 ha in India, 67,689 ha Iran, 47,198 ha in Pakistan and 2,645 ha in Afghanistan during June. The wester outbreak region (WOR) remained calm and only 86 ha were treated near irrigated areas in Algeria during this month.